The Tell-Tale Sign of Bacterial Contamination & How to Prevent It

Zach3000Starred Page By Zach3000, 2nd Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Bacteria commonly contaminates common-use items and surfaces, and very few of us realize it. Before you know it, the tell-tale sign of bacterial contamination is screaming at us to sanitize the area, yet few of us heed notice at these obvious signs. Read this before you get sick.

Bacteria is the Invisible Enemy

Bacteria commonly contaminates our homes, the workplace, and even our cars. Not to mention it is living in us, and on our skin.

So what's the big deal?

The big deal is that poor hygiene and lack of knowledge on this subject could actually hurt you.

How so?

People that don't employ good daily habits - such as regular handwashing and touching open mucous membranes on your body - will get sick and be sidelined more often than those in good health.

One of the worst case scenarios, is to come in contact with a flesh-eating bacteria. Although these cases are rare, they still happen, and are hard to get rid of.

Top 10 Common-Use Bacterial Areas

According to, the top ten areas for bacteria are as follows:

  1. Toilet bowl: 3.2 million bacteria/square inch
  2. Kitchen drain: 567,845 bacteria/square inch
  3. Sponge or counter-wiping cloth: 134,630 bacteria/square inch
  4. Bathtub, near drain: 119,468 bacteria/square inch
  5. Kitchen sink, near drain: 17,964 bacteria/square inch
  6. Kitchen faucet handle: 13,227 bacteria/square inch
  7. Bathroom faucet handle: 6,267 bacteria/square inch
  8. Bathroom sink, near drain: 2,733 bacteria/square inch
  9. Pet food dish, inside rim: 2,110 bacteria/square inch
  10. Kitchen floor, in front of sink: 830 bacteria/square inch

The Most Tell-Tale Sign of Bacteria

The most obvious sign that bacteria is breeding close by, is the smell.

If you raise a water bottle up to drink it, and notice an odor, chances are there is bacteria breeding, and you are about to drink it in.

This commonly happens with water bottles that are re-used, and plastic straws in paper cups from fast-food restaurants.

The best advice I can give you is if you are going to re-use a water bottle, then wash between refills, or don't touch your lips to the spout of the bottle. This is how bacteria gets in there in the first place.

If you are going to re-use plastic straws, wash them with soap and water, otherwise, you will be creating your own bacterial garden on your straw.

Now most of us don't have microscopes laying around to see the bacteria, but the most obvious sign - smell - will give it away, since bacteria are "outed" by their smell.

What to Do Now?

If you are concerned about coming in contact with Bacteria, then protect yourself!

  • Wash your hands
  • Don't touch your face
  • Sterilize before re-using disposable bottles/containers
  • Clean high traffic area surfaces (especially ones shared with pets)

This Article is to Help

This article was written with the intention of informing you to be more cautious about hygiene, and how to promote better health.

Rather than pick up a new-found fear, use this knowledge to guard yourself from bad habits that could keep you from healthy living.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
3rd Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you for this page, Zach. I have a lowered immune system and I have to be very, very careful. Therefore, it is not only me involved but anyone around me.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
3rd Mar 2012 (#)

Another well-written and informative article on important health concerns.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
3rd Mar 2012 (#)

No, it is not an STD. There is no secret about it, I have leukemia.

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author avatar ittech
3rd Mar 2012 (#)

Very well put. Your words speak for themselves.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
4th Mar 2012 (#)

very well done thank you. My dentist told me there are 640 bacteria dwelling in the mouth that an cause all sorts of gum problems and can bodily diseases like diabetes for one. He has written a 34 page document on this and the connect between Mind, Body, Spirit and I am editing it for him. Fantastic
information too.

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author avatar Retired
6th Mar 2012 (#)

Good article - another point to make is how to clean - many people don't realize that while some cleaners claim to kill a certain percentage of bacteria - that only happens if you allow the cleaner to sit wet on the area for a specified time. Just wiping quickly with a cleaner doesn't do the job.

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